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Al Jazeera’s Snapchat account banned in Saudi

September 18, 2017 at 11:39 am

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Social media platform Snapchat has blocked Al Jazeera‘s account in Saudi Arabia, the BBC has reported.

Snapchat said it was asked to block the account by Saudi authorities as it violated local laws.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera has been banned in the Gulf state as part of Saudi’s boycott of Doha.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on 5 June accusing it of supporting terrorism and links with their arch rival Iran. Doha vehemently denies the charges saying it is being targeted by “fabrications”.

Read: End of Al Jazeera, a dark day for the Middle East

The closure of Al Jazeera was listed as one of the 13 demands issued to Qatar in order for sanctions to be lifted. The demands were later withdrawn.

“We make an effort to comply with local laws in the countries where we operate,” a Snapchat spokesperson said in a statement to the BBC.